Press Releases

March 18, 2021

Van Hollen, Capito Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Support National Children’s Museum

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation to provide measured fiscal relief to the National Children’s Museum, through a GSA agreement to pay the Museum’s leasing fee. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) introduced the House version, H.R. 1703, on March 10, 2021.Founded as the Capital Children’s Museum in 1974, the Museum served children and families in the Washington region for thirty … Continue Reading

March 18, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Senate Democrats Introduce For the People Act to Strengthen Democracy, Put Power Back in the Hands of the American People

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with a number of their colleagues, have introduced S.1., the For the People Act—a sweeping package of comprehensive reforms that would end special interest corruption of our politics and make government work for the people. The introduction comes as Republican lawmakers in 43 states continue to use unfounded election … Continue Reading

March 17, 2021

Van Hollen, Sanders, and Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Combat Corporate Greed and End Outrageous CEO Pay

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), along with Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on Wednesday introduced the Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act to take on corporate greed by raising taxes on companies that pay their top executives at least 50 times more than the pay of a median worker.Americans across the political spectrum are outraged by the extreme gaps between CEO and worker pay. According to a … Continue Reading

March 17, 2021

Van Hollen, Wyden, Baldwin, Bennet, Booker Introduce Bill to Jumpstart Economic Recovery, Fund Six Months of Wages

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), and Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), today introduced legislation to jumpstart the economic recovery by immediately financing six months of wages and supportive services for eligible jobless workers. “Even before the pandemic hit, over a million Americans were looking for work for over six months and could not find a job. That number … Continue Reading

March 17, 2021

Van Hollen and Toomey Statement on State Department’s Hong Kong Sanctions Report

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following joint statement on the State Department’s report that named 24 individuals sanctioned under Senator Van Hollen and Senator Toomey's Hong Kong Autonomy Act:“We commend the Biden administration for using the authority under our Hong Kong Autonomy Act to hold accountable the CCP and Hong Kong officials working to eliminate Hong Kong’s autonomy. This is a necessary step to support the freedoms of the Hong Kong … Continue Reading

March 17, 2021

Van Hollen Joins Shaheen in Bipartisan Letter to President Biden Urging Funding for Energy Efficiency Programs to Combat Climate Change & Create Jobs

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in leading a bipartisan letter to President Biden urging him to prioritize robust investments in programs that promote energy efficiency in his upcoming budget proposal to Congress. In the letter, Van Hollen, Shaheen, and the Senators noted these investments would combat climate change by reducing harmful emissions and pollution and stimulate our economy by creating sustainable jobs and reducing energy costs for … Continue Reading

March 17, 2021

Van Hollen, Duckworth, Booker Ask Biden-Harris Health Equity Task Force to Release Guidance on Addressing Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with a number of their colleagues, in sending a letter to Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, chair of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, requesting guidance and recommendations be provided to states, localities, territories, and tribes on how to address disparities and reduce inequities in COVID-19 vaccination rates. Specifically, the Senators asked the Task Force to engage … Continue Reading

March 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Trone, Maryland Delegation Members Urge Biden Administration to Support Updating and Expanding I-81 Corridor in Western Maryland

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, Urban Development, and Related Agencies joined U.S. Representative David Trone, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation-Housing and Urban Development, and other Maryland delegation members in urging U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to approve the funding request for the I-81/Halfway Boulevard … Continue Reading

March 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Blumenthal, Himes Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Close Dangerous Loophole to Protect Domestic Abuse Survivors

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) introduced strongly-supported bicameral legislation to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence. The Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act is narrowly crafted to close loopholes that allow domestic abusers to legally obtain weapons. The bill is named in memory of Lori Jackson, an Oxford, Connecticut mother of two who was tragically shot and killed by her … Continue Reading

March 16, 2021

Van Hollen Statement for the Record on the Confirmation of Isabel Guzman to Serve as Administrator of the Small Business Administration

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) submitted the following statement for the congressional record on his vote to confirm Isabel Guzman to serve as Administrator of the Small Business Administration:“I rise today to support the nomination of Isabel Guzman, a dedicated public servant, and successful small businesswoman, to lead the Small Business Administration.“Small businesses are a cornerstone of Maryland’s economy, creating jobs, driving innovation and anchoring communities. Isabel … Continue Reading

March 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Murphy, Cicilline, Bera Propose International Affairs Budget Increase to Compete With China, Prepare for the Next Pandemic, and Fight Climate Change

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Representative David Cicilline (RI-01), and U.S. Representative Ami Bera (CA-07) on Tuesday proposed a significant increase to the international affairs budget for Fiscal Year 2022 to better address America’s national security challenges. Investing in 21st Century Diplomacy calls for a $12 billion increase, directing the funding toward three specific challenges: (1) competing with China; (2) preparing for the next … Continue Reading

March 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Raskin Lead Introduction of Permit-to-Purchase Gun Safety Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Jamie Raskin (both D-Md.) reintroduced the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act, along with Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (all D-Conn.). The bill creates a federal grant program to incentivize state and local governments to enact laws requiring individuals to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun. According to research conducted by the John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research in 2015, … Continue Reading

March 16, 2021

Van Hollen joins Grijalva, Neguse, Sens. Blumenthal and Luján in Bicameral Letter to Biden Urging Stakeholder-Driven Process to Meet Conservation Goals

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) in sending a bicameral letter, cosigned by 99 House and 16 Senate Democratic colleagues, to President Biden urging him to adopt a transparent, stakeholder-driven process in deciding how best to preserve American lands and waters as part of the administration’s “30 by 30” initiative. Choosing which areas to preserve, the lawmakers … Continue Reading

March 16, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $9.4 Million for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $9.4 million in federal funding to strengthen HIV/AIDS surveillance and prevention programs across Maryland.“The HIV/AIDS crisis continues to devastate at-risk communities nationwide, many of whom are already suffering disproportionately from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This new … Continue Reading

March 15, 2021

Buttigieg, Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown Tout American Rescue Plan At UPS Facility Delivering Vaccines

Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Rep. Anthony Brown touted the American Rescue Plan as they toured a UPS facility in Landover, Md. that is delivering vaccines to Maryland and the District of Columbia. On the tour, they met with UPS drivers who are delivering vaccines and saw demonstrations of how the vaccine is packaged and delivered across the area.“It was an honor to meet and thank the workers at UPS who are stepping up every … Continue Reading

March 13, 2021

Van Hollen, Markey, Bennet, and Hassan and Congresswoman Meng Applaud the Inclusion of More Than $7 Billion in E-Rate Distance Learning Funding in American Rescue Plan

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06) today applauded the inclusion of their legislation, the Emergency Educational Connections Act, and more than $7 billion in funding for the E-Rate program in the coronavirus rescue package that President Biden signed into law Thursday. The lawmakers’ legislation funds elementary and secondary schools and libraries, including tribal schools and … Continue Reading

March 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Menendez, Democratic Colleagues Renew Call to Prohibit NRA Foundation from Receiving Donations from Federal Employees

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and several Democratic colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to remove the National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation from the list of charities eligible to solicit and receive contributions from federal employees during the yearly Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). This renewed call follows failure last year by the Trump Administration to remove the controversial gun group’s so-called charity … Continue Reading

March 11, 2021

Van Hollen: American Rescue Plan Delivers Bold, Urgent Relief to Maryland

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s signing of the American Rescue Plan into law.“COVID-19 has challenged our nation in historic and unparalleled ways. Today, we answered these challenges with historic and unparalleled action.“The American Rescue Plan delivers bold, urgent relief to Maryland. It provides a lifeline to our families, workers, and small businesses that are struggling to get by, as well as critical funding to … Continue Reading

March 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Sarbanes Announce Working Group to Explore Designation of a Chesapeake National Recreation Area

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes (both D-Md.) led a bicameral group of lawmakers and more than 30 regional organizations in forming a Working Group to explore the designation of a Chesapeake National Recreation Area managed by the National Park Service.Despite its ecological importance, iconic landscape, rich culture and history, and vast recreational benefits, the Chesapeake Bay region does not have a unified National Park System designation. Proponents agree … Continue Reading

March 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Merkley, Young, Durbin Lead Senate Resolution Condemning Coup in Burma, Laying Out Coordinated International Response to Rohingya Genocide

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Todd Young (R-IN), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and a group of 12 colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution to condemn the military coup in Burma and subsequent violence against citizens calling for democracy, as well as the systematic campaign of persecution and atrocities against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities. The resolution calls for a genocide determination from the Department of State and lays out a … Continue Reading

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